Suya Spice Mix & All that goodness 

For many years, Nigeria has shared its delicious cuisine with the world. Our party favorites such as Jollof rice, moi-moi and our authentic street foods such as suya.

As large and diverse as Nigeria is with its different cultural background and distinct cuisines. Suya is one food that every Nigerian is familiar with. Although originally made mostly by the northerners. We’ve all found ways to immerse ourselves in this rich spice mix by introducing it into our different cuisines.

The Suya Spice Mix is a combination of traditional Nigerian spices. Including some that are not very common in other parts of the world. As you continue reading you will get to know more about these spices.


I made my suya spice mix just the way my mama taught me and now you can make it too. Below are details of the ingredients that you might want to familiarise yourself with:


KuliKuli Balls – A common Nigerian snack made from roasted peanuts. The oils are extracted from the peanuts and the pulp is used to make this spicy snack.

Grains of Selim – A common spice in Nigeria also used in cooking soups, also common in other West African Country and also known as African Pepper, Hwentia (in Ghana) and Uneihnei (in my native language ‘Urhobo’ in Nigeria)

African Nutmeg (Calabash Nutmeg) – One Nigeria’s most widely used ingredients in spicing meals, also known as Erhe in Urhobo language Ehuru ofia (in Igbo language), Gujiya dan miya (in Hausa) and ariwo (in Yoruba)

Alligator Pepper – A pungent spice used in a lot of West African soups. Traditionally regarded as an expensive spice and is used in some cultural ceremonies.

Here’s the recipe:

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Freshly made suya spice
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Freshly made suya spice
  1. Using an electric blender, grind the alligator peppers, African nutmeg and grains of Selim until smooth. You can also use a pestle and mortar or a grinding stone ware which is what was used originally in the olden days.
  2. Crush in the kulikuli balls or peanut powder and give it a quick blitz just so it's well combined.
  3. Heat a dry pan over medium heat and pour in the combined mixture with the other seasonings (ginger, garlic & paprika powder with the crushed Maggi cubes and salt).
  4. Using a wooden spoon, toss the spice mixture around the pan until you can smell a vibrant aroma.
  5. Turn the heat off, set the pan aside and let it cool.
  6. Store the spice mixture jar. (You can use it immediately or store in a cool and dry area)

This spice mixture is commonly used in making beef kebab but it also serves as an all-purpose seasoning for most meals, such as in sauces, rice dishes and barbecue.

Try it. Enjoy it.

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